Friday, December 7, 2007

Five Kinds of Penguins


Twenty years ago I lived in the Falklands for more than a year, but getting to see all the wildlife was a time-consuming process that required taking expensive air taxis from Stanley to offshore islands. Yesterday, though, I paid my first visit to Kidney Cove, only a short distance from Stanley, and in five hours we saw all five species of penguins that breed on the Islands--Magellanics, gentoos, rockhoppers, macaronis and kings. In honesty, we only saw one individual of the latter two species, but it was still a pretty good day.

Kidney Cove Safari Tours, based at Murrell Farm barely ten minutes from Stanley, runs overland tours to the Kidney Cove gentoo/king/Magellanic site and the Berkeley Sound rockhopper/macaroni site. For anyone stuck in Stanley, for any reason, this is an easily arranged excursion except on days when cruise ships are in port.

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